A gambler named Mark Johnston is suing a Las Vegas casino because he lost $500,000 while drunk.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the man claims he’s not being a sore loser but instead claims the casino knowingly kept feeding him alcoholic drinks while also loaning him money to gamble:
“I feel like they picked my pockets. I feel like they took a drunk guy… like a drunk guy walking down the street, and you reach in his pockets and grab all his money.”
Although Nevada law prohibits casinos from allowing visibly intoxicated people to gamble and receive free drinks, the relatively recently opened casino Downtown Grand plans on counter-suing Johnston. His attorney, Sean Lyttle, claims the situation with Downtown Grand is unusual:
“It’s certainly an extraordinary case. This is not a story that I’ve ever heard before, where someone was blackout intoxicated where they couldn’t read their cards, and yet a casino continued to serve them drinks and issue them more markers. It’s a very heavy-handed and unusual approach that we haven’t seen in this town in a long time.”
Johnston is apparently an experienced gambler and he claims he’s not simply being a sore loser. He says he could afford to repay the $500,000 but he’s fighting back because they tarnished his image. In fact, he says in the past he’s lost $800,000 before so the debt supposedly has “nothing to do with that.”
He also feels the casino should take responsibility for “almost killing” him:
“What if I had gone to bed that night, with all those drinks in me, and I threw up on myself and I choked and died? My responsibility is, look, I had some drinks at the airport, on the plane. At some point, that’s my responsibility. The unfortunate part about it for them is, they have a bigger responsibility than I do.”
Because of the gambler suing the casino the Nevada Gaming Control Board is investigating whether The Downtown Grand broke any Nevada laws. At the worst, the casino could have its licensed revoked and fines instated. But some legal experts expect the case to be settled outside of court since otherwise the lawsuit could “open the floodgates” for gamblers to sue casinos.